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To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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4th in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series.[return][return]An heiress who has decided to sell her large estate to a conservancy group suddenly goes missing on the morning of the finalization of the sale. Clare, as someone who has signed up with a search-and rescue team, is called early in the morning to assist in the search. Not a good time, since this is the day of the bishop� s annual visit, and Clare is in more than enough trouble because of some of her past actions. Also, inevitably, she will be working with Russ, adding more stress as the two continue to struggle with their attraction to one another.[return][return]This is by far the best in a really exciting series. The writing continues to intrigue me� it� s not world-beating, but it seems perfect for the characters and the locale. The plot is excellent� nice twists and a page-turning denouement. Good characterizations throughout� very believable and they act in a believable manner as well. Russ and Clare are caught, throughout the book, in their dilemma. But even that takes an unusual twist. Relationships such as theirs tend to stall in a series as many authors have a hard time figuring out what, if any, resolution to take up. But Spencer-Fleming has added an interesting development, and I� m looking forward to seeing how it all works out.[return][return]Highly recommended.
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